This week at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis., Gov. Scott Walker announced he does not plan to approve raw milk sales, unless dairy and medical groups flip-flop on their current stances.
According to the Associated Press, the Republican Governor of one of the nation’s top dairy-producing states promised to consider the measure if both houses sent it to his desk, but he isn’t convinced it would be the best move for America’s Dairyland.
First Walker wants to make certain that legalizing raw milk wouldn’t threaten the state’s $26.1 billion dairy industry. Read more here.
“There’d have to be some pretty strong safeguards to ensure that whatever legislation would come through would make sure that … we talk about being America’s Dairlyland, we want to make sure we preserve that, as well,” he said in July at Farm Technology Days. See, “Wisconsin Gov. Walker weighs raw milk bill.”
This isn’t the first time the state has mulled legalizing raw dairy. In 2010, Former Gov. Jim Doyle's Secretary of Agriculture, Rod Nilsestuen, appointed a panel of experts to consider whether there are legal, regulatory means that might allow dairy farmers to sell unpasteurized fluid raw milk directly to consumers and, if so, what conditions would be necessary to protect public health.
However, after a year of deliberation, the 22-member panel reported that it could not endorse raw milk sales. The group agreed that if raw milk sales were made legal in Wisconsin, the state would need to impose restrictive requirements that go beyond any now found in America. Click here for more.